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Report: Source says ‘Hawks suggested Kane seek help

May 30, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

Patrick Kane Cinco de Mayo

Some pretty controversial stuff coming out of Chicago today in the wake of ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman addressing the Patrick Kane situation with reporters on Tuesday.

In a follow-up, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times spoke with a team source who said the club suggested the 23-year-old seek help regarding possible lifestyle issues.

From the Sun-Times:

The Hawks are more than just disappointed in Kane. A team source told the Sun-Times that some in the organization have suggested that Kane seek help.

“He’s obviously got some issues,” the source said. “How many more times can these things happen? It’s a much bigger thing than some photographs in a 48-hour window.”

According to Jahns, the team is concerned that Kane’s antics — the cab incident in Buffalo, the limo incident in Vancouver, the Cinco de Mayo partying in Wisconsin — are symptoms of a larger-scale maturity issue.

For example, there were some flags raised when Kane bailed on Team USA duties for the World Hockey Championships, a tournament Chicago teammates Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp both participated in. Kane said it was because he was finally healthy and wanted to maintain his fitness.

Kane announced his decision to skip the Worlds on Apr. 25.

Two weeks later, the Wisconsin pictures hit the Internet and Kane was criticized by NHL on NBC analyst (and former Blackhawk) Ed Olczyk.

Apparently, Olczyk wasn’t the only person upset with No. 88’s antics.

“When is [Kane] going to learn?” another team source told the Sun-Times.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Yeah he has an issue: he’s a 23-year-old Stanley Cup champion multimillionaire. If I was on top of the world like that I think I’d do some crazy stuff too.

    • cweez2 - May 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      And with the associated consequences for the actions.

    • mgp1219 - May 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      And if he keps acting this way, he’ll be a 30 year old has been with nothing in the bank. It happens.

      • challer9 - May 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Why would he have nothing in the bank? He was at a college partying, not totaling Ferrari’s and buying 8 houses. Have you ever been to a college party? They are usually free or a couple dollar cover.

      • mgp1219 - May 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        If it becomes a continuos pattern and he keeps drinking himself into oblivion there could be a big problem. An isloated incident here and there isn’t alarming, but his frequency of stupidty is.

  2. pone27 - May 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    I am sure that “source” is really high up in the organization….

    3 things:

    1) Kane gets paid to play in the NHL, not the World Championships, so that relevance to this is moot.

    2) This is getting blown up all because he is a hockey player. Kid isnt even 25 yet. Its not affecting his play on the ice

    3) If I cared what Olczyk said, I really would be one terrible hockey fan.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Not effecting his play on the ice?
      Link or attempt to prove that statement
      Kane has not lived up to 1st overall standards but Ok, you are saying this is the best Pat Kane were ever going to get.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        It was a solid draft but not an amazing one. Kane being the top pick doesn’t mean he has to be Crosby or Stamkos, which is what I assume you mean by “1st overall standards.” Nobody in that draft is capable of meeting those standards.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        He should be a hell of a lot better than the defensive liability he is, he gets carried by his linemates.

        He wouldn’t crack Team Canada’s roster, he wouldn’t even get an invite to camp.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        And he isn’t even close to as good as Tavares

      • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        Cup winning goal

      • nhmac - May 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        “cup winning goal”


        what more needs to be said? kid is gross

      • challer9 - May 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Let me preface this by saying I’m not a Blackhawks fan. This “living up to 1st overall pick” discussion ends with his Cup winning season. 88 points in 82 games, 28 points in 22 games in the playoffs. Plus the Stanley cup winning goal. Enough said.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        And yet he’s not a top 40 player in the league

  3. cweez2 - May 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    The difference is Kane is being paid to be a professional hockey player. Past history is showing that he’s not living up to that standard. That behavior tends to show on the ice. There’s having a good time and being a turd. Look at the incidents mentioned – it shows that the “kid” can’t handle his liquor. One can party without incident. Being cited, being in the news for things like this…how does that not have an effect on the guy, or the organization PAYING him? If he doesn’t like the Blackhawks dictating his behavior, he sure can quit cashing those checks.

  4. monarch897 - May 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I’m a huge Hawks fan and last year was not an accurate year to gauge anything. The myriad of problems they had only affected Kane’s play more. Once they continue to retool the team and if his problem persists then would comment more. Until then… the kid is young and it is his offseason and the limo and cab incidents aside, give him a break.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      People who know him better than you thinks he needs help, so there’s the whole you being nobody and not having a clue and them being there everyday and knowing everything

      • monarch897 - May 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Hey! I own his jersey. I think I know him pretty darn well.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        You sure seem to know a lot about this anonymous source. I think it doesn’t sound like he’s very close to Kane at all because somebody close to him wouldn’t go public with this.

    • cweez2 - May 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      It’s a much bigger thing than some photographs in a 48-hour window.

      Which says there’s probably more that we don’t know about. The Blackhawks have an investment in him. Sorry apologists, but they own his a– as long as that contract is valid.

  5. hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Queue up the silly notions that “boys will be boys” and “if I was Kane stupidisims”

    Ya ya, lets forget that Kane has proven not once but twice already he can’t handle his liquor and makes CRIMINAL decisions when Boozed up.
    Know what you have when you’re on the THIRD TIME P/Oing the man who writes your checks because of alcohol?
    Some of you are so completely and utterly clueless
    None of you know him
    The Hawks know him better than ALL you combined….by a mile….
    The are suggesting he gets HELP

    3 times
    Stop pretending Vancouver and Buffalo didn’t happen
    Stop pretending he was so drunk that he assaulted and ELDERLY PERSON

    You all know nothing
    The Hawks know everything
    You’re embarrassing yourselves and badly as Kane

    • justjokinen1 - May 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      “You’re all embarassing yourselves as bad as Kane.”

      Really? I haven’t noticed any girls being choked or elderly cabbies getting beaten up in this comment thread. Come on man.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        No, you just pretend it never happened or that it wasn’t alcohol related and say things like “If I was Kane I’d be doing the same things”

    • justjokinen1 - May 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      “You’re all embarassing yourselves as badly as Kane.”

      Really? I haven’t noticed any girls being choked or elderly cabbies getting beaten up in this comment thread. Come on man.

    • emperorzero - May 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      I agree, there is being 23 and then there is having a problem. For fans to say it’s not a problem because it doesn’t affect his on-ice performance is ludicrous. Think about how many former players lost their lives over the past couple of years because of substance abuse problems. Maybe Kane is just being 23, but kudos to the Blackhawks for being concerned about Kane the person to suggest he gets help.

  6. mehetmet - May 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    maybe its just one guy who has a problem with him, or a media member just stirring the pot to make their team relevant in a time when they shouldn’t be.

    If the team had an issue, they would go to him privately, or if it was made public wouldn’t remain anonymous.

    • mehetmet - May 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      i think you guys are just jealous, i mean look at that pic!!! I know i am!

    • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      They’re doing that here in Boston with Thomas because of the political thing

      • mehetmet - May 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        and they have been doing it here in Buffalo for 3 years. Talking non-stop about how the sabres hate derek roy and want to/have been trying to trade him. yet, this CENTER who is only at 4M cap hit a year remains here…If they really didn’t like him, I’m sure that he would have been gone.

  7. xaf605 - May 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Seek help for what having fun

    • ballistictrajectory - May 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Let him catch 3-5 for “having fun” and see what gets said.

  8. ray2013 - May 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I think every guy who is or was in his 20s has drank too much, tried to pick up women, and made a total ass of himself. And none of us had media/fans capturing our idiocy for the world to see. So in some sense, Kane letting loose AFTER the season is over is not a big deal.

    But no matter how big a Kane apologist you are, there’s really no excuse or justification you can give that explains away the allegation that he was choking women. The guy needs an intervention.

    • mehetmet - May 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      notice “the allegation”

      i say, prove it. how many people are out there just to see someone famous, and then try to exploit that fact by lying.

      just saying (don’t have to look back that far, check out Syracuse)

      This isn’t saying all famous/athletes are innocent, but i think that there are more ass hats who would lie about a famous person doing something they didn’t do, than famous people actually committing these acts.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      I think the fact that the police were never brought in and no charges were filed shows this was made up.

      On an earlier post someone brought up a similar story where Julien Edelman for the Pats was charged with groping a female and everyoine acted as if he should be banned from sports. When video evidence was released, it was proven nothing of the sort happened.

      This sort of stuff happens when you’re in the public eye

      • mehetmet - May 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        i agree completely.

        yet you will never see the follow up story saying “sorry he really didn’t do it, the accuser was lying” and that person will then carry around the persona of whatever the false accusation was for the rest of his/her life.

      • ray2013 - May 31, 2012 at 4:08 AM

        He hasn’t been charged, and there’s nothing I have read saying he will be. But the point is he put himself in a situation where people were taking pictures of him being an idiot. He needs to be smarter with his actions because there will be people who try and take advantage of his celebrity. Hopefully he takes a lesson learned from all of this and keeps himself out of the public eye.

  9. joewilliesshnoz - May 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Send him to the Pens, we’ll see that he has a lot of fun, by winning more Stanley Cups .

    • monarch897 - May 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Put some talent around this kid and watch what happens.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      While I agree the Pens could use a winger, I would love to see this distraction in Pittsburgh. Another player with a big cap hit who can’t play defense? Yes please.

  10. mgp1219 - May 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    PERHAPS the choking incident is a he said – she said issue, but the cab incident in Buffalo and the limo incident in Vancouver are fact. Still think there is no problem?

  11. mgp1219 - May 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Here’s an article after the limo incident in Vancouver…I guess he hasn’t learned anything…

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane apologized for the shirtless photos of himself and his teammates that surfaced this week, telling reporters it’s time for him to grow up.

    Photos of Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane, John Madden and Kris Versteeg made their rounds on the Web and beyond after The Vancouver Province’s Orland Kurtenblog ran photos of the players shirtless and partying in a limo with three fully clothed women.

    The blog ran the four photos Tuesday, featuring the three hockey players drinking beer and posing for the camera in a limousine with three women. Kane, Madden and Versteeg apparently wanted to show off their hockey bods to the women–who kept their clothes on (for the camera, at least.)

    “I’m 21 years old, but it’s probably time to grow up a little bit,” Kane told reporters, adding that the photos were not taken before the Hawks lost 5-1 against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

    “For us, obviously, it’s not the way we want to represent the team,” Kane said. “It’s been discussed internally with the team and it’s been figured out inside this locker room.”

    A Hawks spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times president John McDonough and general manager Stan Bowman would not be commenting on the pictures. The Blackhawks told the paper the situation would be handled internally.

  12. getadealdonealready - May 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    By the looks of the two in the pic with him, if he needs help I’d be willing to lend a hand, or whatever is needed!

  13. thedavesiknowiknow - May 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    It’s funny how many people are going with the “he’s a kid with millions of dollars having fun” logic. Suppose he was a 48 year old that didn’t have millions engaging in these behaviors: we call those people alcoholics (and in Kane’s case, some said behaviors border on Sociopathic). I’m sure most early-20’s NHL players party. I’m sure most early 20’s NHL players take advantage of all the benefits of being a pro athlete. 99.9% of those players know what’s on the line if they take it too far, and that same percentage know enough to get out of a situation that could reflect poorly on their reputation. Kane seems to not only be void of that common sense, but it seems as though his “silver spoon” upbringing has given him a sense of entitlement to whatever he wants, and when things don’t go his way, that’s what lawyers are for. I can’t speak to the Vancouver incident, nor the Wisconsin weekend. I can say that the Buffalo “cab” incident that was reported nationally (and in Canada) was much different than the “cab” incident that was reported here in Buffalo. Kane’s lawyer (Paul Cambria- ambulance chaser esq.) was the source of information for national news, and naturally it was spun in a way that portrayed Kane as the “victim” in the incident. Think whatever you want of his actions, and/or whether or not they’re a cause for concern, but the fact of the matter is when the organization is intervening publicly- we probably only know a fraction of the situations he’s been involved in, and we have know idea what he’s been bailed out of (figuratively) behind closed doors.

  14. jackdaniels1 - May 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Next up for Pat…smoking crack with hookers in some seedy hotel room a-la Kevin Stevens

  15. barkar942 - May 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Does anyone else remember Derek Sanderson?

  16. dawglb - May 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I get tired of people responding by saying things like, “….big deal. He’s a young, rich, Stanley Cup Champion. Why can’t he party?….” If you ever have kids of your own, you may want a decent society for them to live. If your daughter was ever mistreated by a prick like Kane, perhaps you’d “get it”. Spoiled, rich punks like Kane have abused their celebrity status many times in a short time. It will only get worse if you don’t speak out about it.

    • paperkid96 - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Does anyone remember a guy named Bob Probert. Heart of gold but brain of shi!!!. Guy had addictions and demons he didn’t get under control and it cost him part of his career and ultimately he died way too young.

      At some point in your life you have to understand if you have a problem or if you are immature. Kane has a problem. hopefully its an addiction and not that he’s a an @ss. You can get help for addictions.

      There are plenty of 23 yr old and younger in the league that are doing the same things.

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